Making three-dimensional drawings with neon, American artist Keith Sonnier (b.1941) bathes spaces and bodies in the radiance of coloured light. Coming of age with a group of artists that included Lynda Benglis, Mary Heilmann, Bruce Nauman and Richard Serra, he uses a post-minimalist language that is physically immediate yet associative. American critic Donald Kuspit remarks, ‘Sonnier’s sculpture attracts our attention, like semaphore signals from a strange zone of feeling.’
Image Credit: Keith Sonnier. Ba-O- Ba VI, 1970. Courtesy of the Artist and Haeusler Contemporary Munich/Zurich. Copyright: Haeusler Contemporary Munich/Zurich. Photograph: Wolfgang Stahl.